Austria announces stricter national COVID-19 measures

Non-professional meetings in public spaces will be limited to a maximum of six adults indoors and twelve outdoors. [EPA/JOHANNA GERON]

As new daily coronavirus infections continue to rise, Austria will adopt new nationwide measures, the government announced on Monday (19 October).

Non-professional meetings in public spaces will be limited to a maximum of six adults indoors and twelve outdoors. If events are to have more people in attendance, government permission is needed, with a maximum of 1,000 persons indoors and 1,500 outdoors.

This comes after weeks when Austria’s COVID-19 numbers had been similar to those in April. However, until now, the government had been relying on measures implemented at local level, such as limited quarantines for heavily affected cities, while keeping the rest of the country relatively open. (Philipp Grüll | EURACTIV.de)

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